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500 students graduate despite Zambo crisis


Despite the protracted crisis that followed the September 2013 Zamboanga City siege, around 500 elementary students were able to graduate from three affected schools.

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

The resilience of Boholanos


Six months after the destructive 7.2-magnitude earthquake, the people of Bohol province have recovered and are going about their lives as if the temblor took place many years ago.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Abuse cases on the rise in Zambo shelters


Janiya (not her real name) gave birth a week ago to a frail and weak baby boy while still recuperating from serious burns and scalds that her husband had inflicted.

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Brothels operate in Zamboanga shelters


In yet another sign of the desperation to which evacuees here had been driven, prostitution in shelters has persisted despite officials saying it has been stopped.

Posted: April 4th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Zamboanga folk rally: ‘We’ve had enough’


At least 700 protesters, mostly evacuees, students, Moro professionals and members of nongovernment and civil society groups, staged a rally here Wednesday saying they’ve had enough of subhuman conditions in shelters for residents displaced by the fighting between followers of Nur Misuari and government soldiers in September last year.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Zambo mayor denies pocketing pork barrel while she was in Congress

Zamboanga City Mayor Maria Isabelle “Beng” Climaco-Salazar (left). INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Zamboanga City Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco Salazar denied pocketing money from her pork barrel allocation while she was a member of the House of Representatives.

Posted: March 17th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Retired prosecutor, brod shot dead in Sulu


Even as the judiciary is still shocked by the Feb. 28 killing of Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge Reynerio Estacio Sr., a retired state prosecutor was gunned down in Indanan town, Sulu province, on Monday.

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Fearless Zamboanga City judge shot dead

crime scene

Judge Reynerio Estacio Sr. handled many controversial cases involving politicians, suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits and policemen, and can even be considered a pillar of the Philippine justice system, according to people who knew him well.

Posted: March 1st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Death stalks Zamboanga folk in shelters

FILOMENA Abdurahman, 31, embraces her son, year-old Al Kaiser, who died in Zamboanga City Medical Center after suffering from fever and diarrhea inside a shelter for evacuees who fled the terror attack on the city by Nur Misuari’s followers and the government offensive that followed it. 

They were able to escape death and injury during the terror attack by followers of Moro leader Nur Misuari in this city, but not diseases in evacuation centers where government sent them as soldiers flushed Misuari’s men out.

Posted: February 12th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

MILF keeps close watch vs possible attack by rival groups

MILF secretariat head Jun Mantawil attends for the first time a committee hearing at the House of Representatives on the sealed peace pact between the MILF and Philippine government on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2013. INQUIRER.net file photo

A peace panel member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) said the group is studying ways to prevent an attack similar to the Zamboanga City attack by the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).

Posted: January 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Help for ‘Yolanda,’ Zambo siege victims drains ARMM finances

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ARMM volunteers distribute relief to residents whose houses were destroyed by huge waves whipped up by a low pressure area that became Tropical Depression “Agaton” in Datu Odin Sinsuat town in Maguindanao province. PHOTO COURTESY OF ARMM BPI

The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), which had come to the aid of victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” in Eastern Visayas, is now facing a serious lack of funds that the regional government needs to help its people deal with the effects of Tropical Depression “Agaton.”

Posted: January 25th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

AFP receives report Malik dead

An image of Khabier Malik posted at the main entrance of Central Police Station in Zamboanga City. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/EDWIN BACASMAS

The military has received reports that Habier Malik, the ground commander of the group from the Moro National Liberation Front that launched an attack on Zamboanga City last September, is dead.

Posted: January 7th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Singson: Bunkhouses already planned before ‘Yolanda’

Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Public Works and Higways Secretary Rogelio Singson said Monday that prior to the devastation of Supertyphoon “Yolanda”, the building of temporary shelters were already on the master plan of disaster rehabilitation.

Posted: January 6th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »



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